By Faye Gaston

For the benefit of voters in Bullock County, the following are the dates for this year's elections, conventions, and debates. March 3, 2020, was the date for the Primary Election. July 14, 2020, is the date for the Primary Runoff voting for those races where there was not a winner in the Primary Election. November 3, 2020, is the date for the United States General Election. This is the "indirect election" in which voters cast ballots for a slate of members of the Electoral College. December 14, 2020, is the date the members of the Electoral College "directly" elect the next President and Vice-President of the United States. January 20, 2021, is the date for the inauguration for the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

Before the Electoral College elects the President and Vice President, there will be five political party conventions and four debates between candidates. On August 17-20, 2020, the Democratic National Convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On August 24-27, 2020, the Republican National Convention will be held in Jacksonville, Florida.

On May 22-24, 2020, the Libertarian National Convention was held online and a physical convention will be held on July 8-12, 2020, in Orlando, Florida for other business. On July 9-12, 2020, the Green National Convention will be held. On May 1-2, 2020, the Constitutional National Convention was held by video conference, and Don Blankenship is its nominee for President, and William Mohr is the nominee for Vice President.

The General Election Presidential Debates will be held on September 29, October 15, and October 22, 2020. There will be one Vice Presidential debate on October 7, 2020.

There are 538 members of the Electoral College with 270 electoral votes needed to win the election. If no candidate receives the minimum 270 Electoral College votes needed to with the election, the U.S. House of Representatives will select the President from the three candidates who received the most electoral votes. The Senate will select the Vice President from candidates receiving the two highest totals.

On January 25, 2019, the Republican National Committee unofficially endorsed the incumbent Donald Trump for the next U.S. President.

On March 17, 2020, he became the "presumptive" Republican nominee after securing a majority of pledged delegates to ensure nomination at the Republican convention. The present U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is the "presumptive" Republican nominee for Vice President.

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the "presumptive" Democratic nominee for President when Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign on April 8, 2020.

In early June 2020, Joe Biden passed the threshold of 1,991 delegates to gain the nomination of the 2020 Democratic National convention. The Democratic Vice President nominee is to be announced.

The Libertarian Party nominated professor Jo Jorgensen as its candidate for President during an online convention on May 23, 2020, making her the first female presidential candidate in Libertarian Party history.

She is the senor Lecturer at Clemson University. Libertarian Party candidate for Vice President is Spike Cohen, a podcaster and businessman.

The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution states that an individual cannot be elected to President more than twice. This prohibits former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama from being elected for a third term. Former President Jimmy Carter (over 90 years old) says he is too old to serve as president again.

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